The Ardmore City Schools Board of Education set a special meeting for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Administration Building.
While the agenda for the meeting hasn’t been released, Bo Rainey, who is representing ACS implied the meeting could be in order to discuss, or take action, on an ongoing lawsuit filed against ACS by parents of a “severely disabled student,” referred to on agenda items as “Student A,” earlier this year. A hearing was held on Sept. 21 in the Administration Building.
Rainey confirmed a two-week continuance was requested during the hearing and that he “anticipates a board meeting” with potentially “one or more action items on the agenda.” Typically, a continuance is requested in order to allow the sides to have extended talks, according to Rainey.
Rainey said any action the board wishes to take on the matter will be on the agenda for the special meeting. Any discussion that takes place will most likely be done in executive session, though actions must be voted on in regular session.
The board spent almost two hours in executive session during the Sept. 20 regular meeting last week. Rainey was in attendance during that meeting with an agenda item reading as “Matters involving a specific handicapped child, Student A, and claims related to Student A as contained in DPH 2093, State Department of Education, as authorized by Okla. Stat. tit. 25, § 307(B)(4 & 6-7), the board having been advised by its attorney that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the board to process the claim in the public interest,” which has been a reoccurring agenda item at meetings.
When contacted, the parent’s attorney, Barrett Bowers, Ward and Glass, L.L.P., deferred comment.
The two week continuance sets the next hearing back to Oct. 10.